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Daimler Mexico Reduces Production Time by 10-15% with Toyoda Machining Centers

Jun 30, 2020

Automated Vertical pallet pool storage system

Daimler Trucks North America’s manufacturing facility in Saltillo, México was in dire need of increasing production capacity to keep with global demand. Daimler not only needed a solution that would accommodate for increased production, but that provided enough flexibility to machine a range of part numbers including their primary focus, cast iron engine supports. Daimler found the machine for the job with Toyoda—and recognized that Toyoda’s established infrastructure in Mexico would be an asset for support and maintenance down the road.

“After reviewing different models and other brands, ultimately Toyoda was the best fit,” said Armando Reyes, Manufacturing Engineer at Daimler. Daimler needed machines with a large work envelope to handle a range of parts, while maintaining the caliber of quality synonymous with their brand. Available space on the floor was limited, so workflow was also a key consideration.

FH630SX-I -Horizontal machining centers equipped with the automated pallet pool storage system at Daimler Trucks North America’s manufacturing facility in Saltillo

Daimler met their match with two FH630SX-I machines—state-of-the-art horizontal machining centers made with efficient production and high-precision projects in mind. The FH630SX-I is a powerful, high-speed horizontal machining center featuring an 8,000 RPM high-torque integral spindle with 50/40 HP and 1,009 NM torque as well as big plus modification for all series spindles. It’s equipped with a dual ballscrew drive on the Y and Z aces and boasts a Meehanite cast iron base for improved rigidity.

Adding the automated pallet pool storage system allowed for a single operator to run multiple jobs for faster changeover—and met the requirements for Daimler’s limited floor space. With only about 195 sq. meters of available space, the pallet pool storage system proved an economic investment option to expand storage and production on the machining centers. Overall, Daimler was able to increase load capacity from 3,300 lbs to 4,000 lbs and six pallets, but still maintain the small footprint of the 630 format.

Upon installation, Daimler was able to reduce standard production time by 10-15%, allowing for more parts to be machined in less time. “The parts come out faster and more accurate. We are running three different part numbers in one of the machines and the other is producing high-volume. The flexibility of the machining centers is exceptional,” said Reyes. The notable accuracy of Toyoda machines allowed Daimler to produce superior components and elevate their overall part quality.

After running the machines for over a year, Daimler noticed a significant reduction in operational costs and waste—adding to their overall bottom line. “Yes, we absolutely would recommend Toyoda machines,” said Reyes. “We were able to increase capacity and streamline efficiencies, what more could you want?” 

Company background

Daimler Trucks is the largest truck and tractor truck manufacturer in North America.

In Mexico, Daimler Trucks has two manufacturing plants located in Santiago Tianguistenco, State of Mexico, and in Saltillo, Coahuila; plus an International Parts Distribution Center in San Luis Potosí, an Engine and Components Remanufacturing Plant in Toluca, State of Mexico, and a Dealer Network comprised of 83 sales and service points. Daimler Trucks Mexico employs more than 8,000 people in its five locations.

Machine details

The FH630SX-i is Toyoda’s 630 mm-sized linear guideway machine. Engineered for power and rigidity, this machine offers a standard 8,000 RPM, high-torque (37 kW, 1,009 Nm) spindle and dual ballscrews on the Y and Z axes. The FH630SX-i also features improved X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels at 41.3 in (1,050 mm), 35.4 in (900 mm), and 41.3 in (1,050 mm), respectively. The machine is constructed to withstand a greater load capacity of 3,310 lb (1,500 kg), and offers a more robust column design. These developments allow for more aggressive cutting on larger workpieces, which can be seen during heaving milling and drilling demos during the show.

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